leaders & professionals
Running an organisation or team can be
great - rewarding, challenging and meaningful
However, sometimes you might encounter situations that are so challenging you feel you don’t have the time, emotional energy or even skills to manage successfully as you would like; for example:
Managing difficult relationships and conflict at work
Developing innovation/creativity while keeping the day-to-day stuff going
Building a positive organisational culture to improve performance
Better manage the stress inherent in the role
I can help you and your organisation successfully navigate
these tough situations.
I don’t offer an ‘off the peg,’ coaching programme or methodology, but my expertise as a psychologist and coach to help you really think through the situation and figure out the best way forward. This could include coaching, group coaching/facilitation, negotiation or board level work.
I will partner with you as an independent mind to offer a different perspective on a challenging situation. I will be supportive but also challenge you. It’s usually difficult for senior people to get the honest feedback they need to move forward.
How many times have you observed seemingly intelligent and professional people behave in the most irrational or toxic manner?
My approach will help you unravel and understand the often unconscious and emotional factors behind such seemingly irrational behaviour. Such a perspective can be priceless when leading an organisation or team. The systems psychodynamic model informs my coaching and consulting work. This approach has its roots in psychoanalysis and systems theory and offers a deeper perspective. I work with you to help you understand the deeper motivations and resistance to change, and to uncover and tackle the root of organisational issues, rather than simply deal with their manifestations.
My approach works with the emotional dimensions of organisational life, which are often unconscious or unexpressed.
My approach is systems oriented which sees you as part of a wider organisational and social system, rather than just an individual with developmental needs.
I am accredited at Senior Practitioner level by the
European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
My European Individual Accreditation number is EIA20193100.
I am also a registered Clinical Psychologist registered with the
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), number PYL04963.
I am a leadership coach on the Executive MBA,
Oxford High Performance Leadership and Driving Disruptive Growth Programmes at
Said Business School, University of Oxford.
How I work:
We will talk to begin to understand you and your situation and how we can make it better. A background in psychology helps me understand what has made you the person you are, and the person that you have the potential to become.
I want to know what drives you, what inspires you, what derails you and how you deal with adversity when you face challenges. We will work together to quickly identify your strengths and how to play to them - it is usually best to work on improving what you' are good at then worry about what you are bad at.
We will identify specific goals you want to achieve, and how we can measure your progress in meeting these goals.
The coaching programme begins with a conversation to discuss your situation, identify your goals and agree a plan for achieving them. I may also ask you to complete a personality profile using the reliable and valid NEO-PI-3 psychometric test. This test measures the ‘big five’ personality characteristics. The profile will help you understand your personality, and how you can build on your strengths to improve your performance.
After that we meet face-to-face at least monthly (we can arrange more meetings as needed). I will partner with you as an independent mind to offer a different perspective on a challenging situation. I will be supportive, but also challenge you.
It’s usually difficult for senior people to get the honest feedback they need to move forward.
Coaching is a powerful developmental experience for you and will
generate clear benefits for your organisation.
It will help you to become more effective, confident, and fulfilled in your
role and more successful in meeting your objectives.
EMCC European Mentoring & Coaching Council
The EMCC exists to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society.
Our vision is to be the ‘go to’ body in
mentoring, coaching, and supervision.
NEO-PI-3 psychometric test
The NEO is the gold-standard questionnaire measure of the Five Factor Model, providing detailed personality descriptions that can be a valuable resource for a variety of professionals.
The NEO is a concise measure of the the major domains of personality, as well as the six traits or facets defining each domain. Taken together, the domain scales and 30 facet
scales facilitate a comprehensive and detailed
assessment of normal adult personality.
I am a qualified practitioner in the administration and interpretation of this licensed psychometric test.
"I am extremely pleased to have had Dr. Michael Drayton as my professional coach. I was introduced to Dr. Mike while living in Frankfurt, Germany where I was asked to undertake the task of leading my company through a challenging and complicated restructuring assignment.
Dr. Mike was tremendously supportive as he worked diligently to inform me about and help navigate through the emotional and psychological minefield that comes along with this task.
Dr. Mike is proactive and recommended numerous helpful and practical articles, examples and tactics which reassured me and boosted my confidence. While working with Dr. Mike, I have had the opportunity to observe
his interpersonal style. He is a positive individual who is
encouraging and promotes positive motivation, which was
exactly what I needed to complete the job at hand.
Dr. Mike has surely earned and deserves my highest recommendation."
Chris van den Hooven
Senior Vice President, Americas
Cathay Pacific Airways